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2,000 Visit Samaria for Tu B'Shvat

Over 1,000 Likud members among visitors who planted 1,500 trees near a synagogue that commemorates the Fogel family.
By Gil Ronen
First Publish: 2/8/2012, 9:00 PM

Over 2,000 people from throughout the country toured Samaria Wednesday in honor of Tu B'Shvat, as guests of the Samaria regional authority.

The tourists included members of employees unions from several leading factories and firms, graduates of the Betar Movement, olim and students from the U.S. and France, and over 1,000 Likud members.

The archeological site at the Sebastia national park was opened to the public in honor of the occasion, and received hundreds of visitors.

The 1,000 Likud members were also hosted by MK Danny Danon (Likud), who heads World Likud, along with Samaria regional authority chief Gershon Mesika. They visited Itamar and planted 1,500 trees in the compound of the Mishkan Ehud Beit Midrash, a Torah study hall being built in memory of the Fogel family.

The Head of the Itamar Yeshiva, Rav Avichai Ronsky, said at the planting ceremony: "The construction of the yeshiva opposite the village from which the murderers came – that is our victory. Construction in Judea and Samaria is our response to all those who try to hurt us."